As Allergy Awareness Week gets underway, we thought it was worth a few words on the ways in which we look after children with food allergies at Wellingborough Day Nursery. These are undoubtedly on the increase amongst little ones and ranging from a mild intolerance to a life-threatening condition. All children are welcome at our setting, regardless of any underlying health issues, which means that we take the issue of food allergies very seriously.
Where possible, our aim is to serve the same – or similar – food to everyone. If a vegetarian is attending on a particular day, our cook, Melissa, always tries to serve a non-meat meal to all children so that no one feels left out. Things get a little more complicated if children are in nursery with a variety of food needs meaning that between them they can’t eat dairy, tomatoes and fish, for example. This is where we rely on our stringent Allergy Policy which we wrote from scratch. The policy hinges on parents, our cook and a nominated ‘allergy monitor’ who wears a red wrist band for the day, all working together to share information and we urge you to come and talk to the manager, Heidi, if you’d like to find out more about this and you can read more on our Nursery Policies page.